After relying on Samsung to build the current Nexus 10, Asus will reportedly be tapped for a refresh of the 10-inch slate. If any company can create a solid experience at a reasonable price, Asus is it. Just look at the Nexus 7. Read more »
Google Glass currently costs $1,500 but that price is far more than the cost of components. Here’s why that’s the case and what Glass is more likely to cost consumers when it launches for everyone. Read more »
That didn’t take long: The Active Display notifications found on the Moto X can be added to your Android smartphone or tablet through a third-party app. You’ll need Android 4.3 for now, though, and unless you have an AMOLED display, it won’t save battery life. Read more »
After debuting solid 7-inch Android slates at low prices in WalMart stores, Hisense is dropping prices by $20. The Sero 7 LT is now $79 while the Sero 7 Pro costs $129. Both cuts are likely an attempt to spur back-to-school sales. The latter tablet is a great value in my opinion, with specs and performance that fall between last year’s $199 Nexus 7 and this year’s $229 model.
NFC sounded like it would be the central solution for digital wallets but that bet hasn’t paid off yet. Instead, NFC is finding far more success as a way to pair phones with wireless speakers, printers and even automobiles. Read more »
Wondering where the factory images are for your shiny new Nexus 7? Google usually posts them, but it hasn’t yet. And now, a key Google employee is “quitting” his responsibility for maintaining such images. The problem appears to be a dispute between Google and Qualcomm. Read more »
Even though the Z10 and Q10 phones were both on sale in the second quarter, BlackBerry shipments are down in an up market. Who’s reaping the benefit? Microsoft’s Windows Phone which surpassed BlackBerry 10 shipments from April to June around the world. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast is great for streaming cloud content but local media? Not so much right now. MyCast looks to change that with local streaming capabilities for Android devices as well as any computer running the Chrome browser. Read more »
If you like a smartphone with a screen that takes up nearly the entire front face of the phone, LG’s G2 could be the one for you. LG is introducing the handset on Wednesday morning but leaked photos are showing it off now. Read more »
This week’s Chrome podcast shares a pair of extensions: One specific to the Moto X handset and one for viewing Photospheres on the web. We also dive a little deeper in the Chromecast and discuss a great campaign to get Chromebooks in the classroom. Read more »
Is Motorola’s Moto X truly a flagship phone that worth the flagship price? Not if you look solely at specifications. Do that, however, and you’ll miss out on one of the smallest Android phones that offers an excellent big phone experience. Read more »
The second most populous nation on earth is making the move towards smartphones at a faster pace: Year over year shipments in India grew 129 percent in the second quarter of 2013, per research firm Canalys. Samsung accounted for a third of those shipments, followed by local vendor Micromax. Karbonn, Sony and Nokia round out the top five. Apple was nowhere to be seen. Again.
September’s IFA event could be a phablet showdown. Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Note 3 and HTC appears ready to counter with the HTC Max. Leaked photos and details suggest a big phone battle in Berlin next month. Read more »
Got touch? Google’s latest Chrome Canary build adds touch navigation features to your touchscreen PC, just like on the Chromebook Pixel. With the new features, Google continues to unify the web experience across devices, regardless of the platform they run. Read more »
Say hello to the new GigaOM Structure podcast, our fourth weekly show. Topics on podcasts this week range from PRISM impacting cloud adoption, hands on with the Moto X, BitTorrenting on a Chromebook and Bluetooth tags to track your stuff. Read more »
Moto X, the handset that’s always listening for your spoken command, is here and it’s an impressive blend of hardware and software. It launches when Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is expected but these are for two very different audiences. Read more »
After spending 24 hours with the Moto X, I’m finding other nice features that Motorola didn’t cover in great detail ranging from contextual software to a booming loudspeaker that dynamically adjusts power based on its temperature and movement. Read more »
Android’s march towards Jelly Bean software on a majority of devices continues forward: More than 40 percent of smartphones and tablets use it, helping bring feature parity across more devices. Read more »
Phone calls on smartwatches have never really worked out well due to privacy: They’re like a speakerphone call in public. A new Kickstarter project called the HOT Watch has a solution and it blew through its funding goal in just 30 hours. Read more »
The Moto X speculation is over now that the phone has debuted. What makes it different and who is it for? I spent time with Google and Motorola representatives to get answers. Read more »
Google Sync support on Windows Phones was set to cease on July 31, but the service gains a reprieve until Dec. 31. Microsoft has included CalDAV and CardDAV support in Windows Phone to replace Google Sync. However, not all Windows Phone handsets have the new software. This extension should give Microsoft enough time to push the software out to all of its devices.
With so many different Android phone models comes a wide variance in hardware, software and design, so a single Android phone can’t compete against the iPhone. Or can it? We may find out with Moto X: Google’s Android phone for the masses. Read more »
After a June release of Mobile Office for iPhone, Microsoft has followed up with a version for Android devices. The app is free but requires an Office 365 subscription and tablets are on the outside looking in. Read more »
HP’s next Android tablet is expected to become available in August. Unlike the so-so HP Slate 7, this one looks pretty solid, complete with a fast Tegra 4 chip, full HD display and docking keyboard that boosts battery life. Read more »
Microsoft’s 10-Q filing shows that total Surface product revenue for last quarter was $853 million, which is less than the $900 million inventory adjustment the company took for Surface RT. Bearing in mind that the total revenue figure includes sales of both Surface Pro and Surface RT, it’s pretty clear that consumers — and hardware makers — haven’t been kind to Surface RT. But we knew why that would happen.
This week’s audio podcast is all about the Chromecast: What it is, what it runs and some tips on how to best use it. And our app of the week could help you get some content to ‘cast if you use BitTorrent. Read more »
How does Motorola plan to create a phone with wrap-around “Magic Glass”? A leaked image of the Moto X front face shows that the bezel may be as smooth as glass where the front of the phone transitions to the back. Read more »
LG’s G2 smartphone hasn’t made a public appearance yet but the case for it has: And it looks awfully familiar. Remember Samsung’s S-View with screen cut-out for the Galaxy S 4? Read more »
Sales of the HTC One flagship are higher than last year’s model, but HTC needs more than just one hot handset. On Tuesday, the company provided operating margin guidance of 0 to -8 percent in the third quarter on expected revenues of between NT$50 billion an NT$60 billion (US $1.7 billion and US $2 billion). HTC plans to launch “a range of innovative and competitive mid-tier products” in the fourth quarter, which could help it broaden its potential customer base.
Has your old Nexus 7 gotten slower over time? Before you toss it in a closet or upgrade to a new model, consider upgrading to Android 4.3 first. It includes a fix for non-optimized flash memory that slowed down your tablet. Read more »
After creating software that lets HTC One handsets run either Sense or the Google Experience user interface, Paul O’Brien is targeting Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 next. And this time, he’s earning a little money for the dual-booting effort. Read more »
Samsung is reportedly launching a version of the Galaxy Note 2 on China Mobile, the largest mobile operator on the planet. The new model will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip instead of Samsung’s own silicon. Why? Because China Mobile, which has 740 million subscribers, uses a network comprised of TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, TDD-LTE, and FDD-LTE technology; a unique mix that Samsung’s own chip currently doesn’t support.
Corning made a big splash in mobile devices with its strong, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets. Now, the company is positioning itself to repeat its success on touchscreen laptops with its new Gorilla Glass NBT panels. Read more »
Nokia has consistently released solid Windows Phone hardware, so why has the sales growth been slow? App addicts aren’t likely to switch if apps are missing or simply not better on Windows Phone says one Nokia executive. Read more »
A wild week is summed up in three podcasts: Google takes on the Apple TV and iPad mini while Apple reports earnings, as the team behind Twine creates another smart device: This time, it’s a thermometer. Read more »
After months of leaked images, specs and information, this week finally saw the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3. So what are they like? Pretty impressive and worth the wait based on my first look. Read more »
A Boston trial to provide wireless chargers in Starbucks is expanding to select Silicon Valley locations. That sounds great, but it’s not likely your phone or tablet can get a recharge without a special add-on case. Read more »
Automobiles generate tons of data that car makers have access to, but you can use it too. One Ford engineer combined that data with a 3-D printer shift knob that tells drivers which shift points provide optimal fuel efficiency. Read more »
There’s no need to wait until next week to get a new Nexus 7: Best Buy has them in stock and is making them available now. Starting at $229, this Android 4.3 tablet is a nice improvement over last year’s model. Read more »